HC Deb 13 July 1888 vol 328 cc1237-8
MR. HOWARD VINCENT (Sheffield, Central)

asked the President of the Board of Trade, If, having regard to the official statements frequently made in many foreign countries, in proof of increasing prosperity, that the supply of their respective home markets is almost entirely in the hands of their own countrymen, any Report can be furnished to Parliament by the Board of Trade showing the position of British and Irish industries in the markets of the United Kingdom at the present time, and year by year, during the past half century, in the same manner as the recent Returns presented to Parliament have shown the present and past conditions of the foreign trade, the growth of the imports, and their increasing excess over the exports?


, in reply, said, that in his opinion, such a Report was hardly necessary, as the matter had been fully reported upon already by the Royal Commission on the Depression of Trade.